Friday, 20 April 2018

Mirka Mora

A few years ago, my eye was drawn to a newspaper article about an iconic Melbourne artist. Her name is Mirka Mora. My knowledge of Melbourne culture was a somewhat limited (I'm still learning), so this was the first I'd heard of her. And I was fascinated (How could I not?).

In addition to being an artist, Mirka, along with her family ran cafes and restaurants in Melbourne. An entertaining woman, Mirka was known to sometimes do things to catch her patrons by surprise.

Mirka's paintings are innocent, and whimsical. There is a freedom of the ocean in the way she fills the canvas. Objects and creatures overlapping. There is no particular pattern that I can see.

My thoughts returned to Mirka, when the owner of Blue Dog Gallery shared with me a photo of Mirka sitting amongst her handmade art dolls. Well, blow me down! I didn't know that Mirka also made dolls( Or maybe I had simply forgotten).

I had the inspired notion to design and make an art doll inspired by Mirka Mora. And so I did. I made a brand new pattern just for this doll, and she is sewn, and hand painted. I gave the doll wings, because I saw wings and ducks appearing in photos of her artwork. Studying a few happy snaps of Mirka's paintings, I went ahead and painted the skirt in my own interpretation of her style (It was fun, letting myself be unrestricted). And of course the finishing touch – a paint brush in hand for this angel artist.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Le Papier Apartment

My Poppet Makes
Here it is! My April contribution for My Poppet Makes is now live, and you know what? It's a good day for paper crafting... Ah! Who am I kidding? There isn't a bad day for crafting and making. So, head on over to My Poppet Makes to find out how to make this Parisienne inspired paper apartment.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Purse + Owl + Stuff

Handmade magazine – # 36-12
The 2018 April issue of Handmade has dropped in news agencies, and would you believe? I'm a cover girl! Well, sort of... kind of! Two of my designs are cover girls. That counts doesn't it? Check out Handmade to find out how to make the Mermaid Purse and the Pocket Owl.

In other news, I've been full steam ahead, as I work on a top secret project. Obviously it's not so secret because I'm telling you that I've got something in the pipeline. But it's secret enough that you'll just have to be patient and wait for the ultimate unveiling.

The past few days a viral meme garnered my attention – #artvsartist . So, I decided to participate.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Tiny Heart & Selfie Doll

© Melissa Gaggiano
I have been busy making this felt heart turtle. I haven't made one of my turtles in quite a while so it was a challenge remembering the process. The turtle is intended as a birthday present for later in the week. The turtle comes with a cardboard box. The way I made the box reminds me of old school travel trunks that were made of leather and metal.

© Melissa Gaggiano

© Melissa Gaggiano
Ann-nnnd, in other things! My youngest has been disappointed to hear that a friend will be leaving for another school. She decided to make a farewell gift for her friend. She painted a doll version of herself. The pattern is a scaled version of the daddy doll project that she painted several weeks ago.
© Melissa Gaggiano

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Celebrating One Year Of

It has been an epic year of writing, designing, crafting and photography for me. I have worn all these hats in creating my published work. No small feat for a small body such as myself. I am proud of my body of work, and so I should.

My work has developed so quickly during this time, and I hope that what I've created leads to more opportunities to create. Here's to the next twelve months.

Thank you My Poppet and Handmade for taking me on.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Kids Craft Easter Basket

My Poppet Easter Basket

Easter is just around the corner. Indeed it is! If you're looking for some easy, crafty fun for Easter then let yourself be tempted by this tasty morsel My Poppet project – a Print & Colour Easter Basket.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Feltie Foodie

© Melissa Gaggiano
I have been working on a small project the past two weeks. Want to know what it was? Using felt, thread and other random materials lying around the house I recreated some of the delicious food thingies that I'd been eating. Some of it healthy and some of it, pure and simple comfort food.

Can you tell just some of the things that have been on the menu?
- Carrots
- Bacon + egg, muffin
- Popcorn
- Apple
- Chicken drumstick
- Rice paper roll
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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Magical Unicorn

A birthday party is coming up and the theme is Japanese cuteness – Kawaii! 

I decided to hand craft a couple of presents. The birthday girl loves Pusheen, a funny little cat circulating on the internet. So I made her a felt crafted Pusheen. I didn't stop there.

I wanted to add something else to the birthday package. So yesterday afternoon I designed and made this unicorn charm (also felt craft). Isn't she lovely? Isn't she super cute? Or I should say super kawaii.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Getting Started

© Melissa Gaggiano
The best way for me to get the work day started is to draw. It's also one of the nicest ways to end the day.